Howdy from Kansas!
Short time member, first time poster. Thought I had better stop by roll call and say hi.
I have smoked a little but in July on a rainny afternnon decided to build my own smoker. To broke to buy one. I used materials I had using a 4 foot by 2 foot 3/8 steel drum. I built a 16in x 16in x 16in fire box. and have a cooking surface of 23inx36in. This is a shoot from the hip buid, no calculator, just thought it might work. This is a picture in its early
stages of the build. After my first smoke of a pair of briskets, not happy with out come it went back to the shop with some ideas from you all I converted it to a reverse flow. I now have it on old steel wheels and first coat of high temp paint. Need to add a shelf across the front to set things on. These things are never done.
My second smoke on this unit was a pork loin which cam out beutiful, every body loved it. Last weekend smoked a 10lbs pork butt for pulled pork. This was a spur of the moment deal so the rub was only on for a couple hours before I put it on. Cooked around 225-250 till internal temp of 160. I mopped with apple juice and burbon. Poured the remainder on it when I foiled. Cooked to 200 and put in cooler for an hour. Came out great. I also had a DO of fresh apple desert on the grill and from the respose of those eating it was great too.
Thanks for all your help and look forward to sharing and learning more on this fantastic hooby.